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Linux & Unix: Linux Distros

Learn about Linux and Unix type operating systems.

Linux eBooks

Linux Books

Linux Distributions

A Linux distribution (often called distro for short) is an operating system built on top of the Linux kernel...a distribution usually includes a very large collection of free and open-source software. There are currently over six hundred Linux distributions.

Each distro provides standard linux tools. Explore our links to popular distros and library resources covering their installation and operation. 

Linux for the Desktop

The following sites provide comprehensive lists of distributions, including many non-English distributions:  lwn.net/Distributions, or distrowatch.com.

Server Distros

Links to the most popular Linux server oriented distributions.  

Specialized Distros

Linux for Devices

Advanced Distros

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